Monday, 1 July 2019

1 July ND: SC refuses to stay Centre’s decision to grant reservation to economically- weaker/ SC judge recuses herself from hearing pleas against HC order on beef/Gujarat Bar Association to move SC against Centre delaying Kureshi’s appointment as CJ of MP HC


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01 July 2019: 27 Shawal 1440:Vol: 11, No:234
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SC refuses to stay Centre’s decision to grant reservation to economically- weaker, next hearing on July 16
The Supreme Court has refused to stay the Centre's decision to grant 10% quota in jobs and education to economically-weaker sections (EWS) of the society, saying the matter requires hearing at length and posted the matter for hearing on July 16.A bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and B.R. Gavai was hearing a bunch of applications seeking to put on hold the appointments being made under 10% quota for EWS in the unreserved category. The petitions contended that 10% quota for EWS was in breach of 50%  ceiling declared by the SC by its earlier Constitution Bench judgments. On April 15, the Union cabinet approved provision of reservations in admission for economically weaker section students in Central Educational Institution.IANS
SC judge recuses herself from hearing pleas against Bombay HC order on beef
Supreme Court judge Justice Indu Malhotra Monday recused herself from hearing a batch of appeals and cross-appeals challenging a Bombay High Court verdict which held that mere possession of beef of animals slaughtered outside the state cannot invite criminal action.A bench headed by Justice A M Sapre said that Justice Malhotra was recusing herself from the hearing as she had earlier appeared as a lawyer in the case.Now the petitions would be listed before an “appropriate bench” by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.The apex court, on August 17, 2016, had sought the response of the Maharashtra Govt on the plea of ‘Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh’ against the high court order. Later, as many as 33 petitions were filed in the apex court by different individuals and organisations.The high court, on May 6, 2016, had said that the provisions of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which criminalised possession of beef, was an infringement on the right to privacy of citizens and unconstitutional. The high court had also upheld the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks in Maharashtra while striking down 2 sections of the state act which criminalised possession of beef.PTI

Gujarat Bar Association to move SC against Centre delaying Kureshi’s appointment as CJ of MP HC
Gujarat High Court Advocates Association has decided to move the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India against the Union Law Ministry’s sitting over the proposal of the SC Collegium to make Justice Akil Kureshi Chief Justice of MP High Court.In a novel protest, the association has resolved to request the Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat to extend the sitting of all courts for five minutes beyond the official working hours instead of striking work.The decision to move the SC and lodge a protest was taken following refusal of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to meet a delegation of Gujarat Advocates Association.he collegium of the Supreme Court had proposed the name of Justice Kureshi on May 10 as CJ of MP High Court after the retirement of Justice SK Seth. However, the Centre set aside the proposal and instead notified the appointment of Justice Ravi Shankar Jha as Acting CJ of MP High Court on June 7. Association described Centre’s “Purposeful holding back the clearance of the file of Justice Kureshi” as “unconstitutional and lacking in bona fide.” nationalheraldindia
SC dismisses PIL to earmark PoK and Gilgit as Lok Sabha seats
New Delhi:The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to earmark and declare PoK and Gilgit as parliamentary seats.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on former RAW official Ram Kumar Yadav for filing the petition and termed it “legally untenable”.The plea said as many as 24 Assembly seats have been carved out by the Govt  from PoK and Gilgit as these territories are Indian territories which are under the occupation of Pakistan.The petition said on the lines of Assembly seats, the central Govt  be directed to earmark 2 Lok Sabha seats in PoK and Gilgit, respectively.PTI
LIVE:Rajya Sabha passes J&K quota Bill, approves extension of President’s rule in state
The statutory resolution on extending President’s rule by another six months with effect from July 3, 2019, was approved by Rajya Sabha on Monday.Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was also passed by the Upper House. The bill proposes to give quota benefits in jobs and educational institutions to people living near the state’s International Border.On extending the President’s rule in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Centre has no option but to extend the rule for six months as the Election Commission intends to hold assembly polls there towards the end of the year.Opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the Trinamool Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Biju Janata Dal, on Monday supported the statutory resolution to extend President’s Rule in J&K . Opposing the resolution to extend the President's rule in J&K, CPI(M) leader KK Ragesh accused the central govt of dividing people along communal lines and alienating the people of Kashmir. Extending his support for J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that not only does he support the bill, but demands that quota should be raised to 5-6 per cent instead of three percent. AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh Monday said that it is a waste of time to discuss who is behind the current condition of J&K. He also said that was Section 370 was implemented initiated has changed drastically.indianexpress/ scroll.in/
Ghulam Nabi asks Centre to stop operating Govt  from Delhi, demands immediate polls in J&K
Leader of Opposition and former J&K CM  Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked the Centre to stop operating Govt  from New Delhi and hold immediate assembly elections in the state. Speaking in Rajya Sabha,Congress senior leader said that it is the need of the hour to transfer power in the people’s hand by conducting polls. He asserted that there will be 70% polling in the elections.Azad slammed the Govt for banning civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway during the passage of annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. The ban was imposed from Monday, July 1, and will remain in place for 46 days. NewsX
Parliament discusses water crisis as cities including Delhi may run out of groundwater by next year
The parliament today discussed the ongoing water crisis plaguing a large swathe of the country amidst a chilling warning that 21 Indian cities including the national capital Delhi will run out of groundwater by next year. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, in-charge of the newly created Jal Shakti Ministry, answered a question on the linking of rivers to address the water scarcity problem in the country.A member, then asked him about recharging groundwater, to which the minister replied that Govt  was mapping all aquifers.This has come after a report by Govt’s own thin-thank NITI Aayog predicted that as many as 21 major cities are expected to run out of groundwater as soon as 2020, affecting 100 million people. The cities likely to run out of groundwater are Delhi, Gurgaon, Agra, Jaipur, Ghaziabad, Ratlam, Indore, Patiala, Gandhinagar, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Yamuna Nagar in the north and Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Vellore in the southern part of the country.The monsoon has been late to arrive in some parts of the country, leaving over 125 people dead in the unbearable heatwave. A large swathe of the country continues to wait for the monsoon to arrive. Schools in and around the Indian national capital have been asked to remain shot for one more week in view of the ongoing heatwave.A data analysis by CNN said that 40 % of India’s population will have no access to drinking water by 2030.jantakareporter
Why Govt Neglecting NRI Abandoned Brides While Focussing on Controversial Talaq Bill, Ask Activists
New Delhi:Activists and civil society groups on Sunday lashed out at the Govt  for its sheer apathy towards NRI abandoned brides calling it one of the biggest social issues in the country. They underlined that the present Govt has shown hyper-active concern towards the inconsequential problem of instant talaq but it does not have any concern for the thousands of NRI abandoned brides who have been running from pillar to post to get justice. Members of NGO and victims said fraudulent marriages done by NRIs/Foreign nationals with Indian girls is a burning issue as till date lacs of cases of abandoning wives have been registered and over 50,000 cases were registered in Punjab alone.They also slammed Govt  for its double standard on women’s issue. “It is an irony of sort that the Central Govt  led by PM Narendra Modi has reintroduced Triple Talaq Bill with much alacrity in the very first session of the new Lok Sabha but it has failed to do anything in the last five years of its previous term on NRI desertion issue. It is still silent over this burning issue related to women belonging to all religious communities that betrays its real love for eves.”Still Alive President Amarjeet Singh deplored that the issue has turned into an alarming proportion but Govt still does not wake up from its slumber. The apathetic attitude of Govt and concerned agencies has made us hopeless, he added.“The victims knocked at the doors of concerned ministries and National Commission for Women but without any success. Furthermore, victims have not just been harassed by husbands and in-laws but by police too while reporting their cases to file FIRs. Police asked why you got married to NRIs.To file FIR is another milestone. While making charge-sheet police cut all names (in-laws) except the husband. Then the court proceeding becomes hectic as it doesn’t know how to serve to summon. Due to hectic procedure victims get hopeless,” he added. Still Alive founder, Advo Zuby Zaidi, has highlighted the problems faced by the victims stating that the matter of desertion is reported to the concerned ministries and authorities but all efforts did go into vain. Despite extending an invitation to the Women and Child Development (WCD), nobody came from the ministry that amply shows their apathy toward the issue, Mrs Zaidi said who herself is a victim of fraudulent marriage. Lawyer Mehmood Pracha said it is a big problem but it can be tackled by existing laws. He urged that all victims need to stand united and fight together.Caravan Daily
Govt  plans cow circuit to boost tourism
Ahmedabad: Union Govt is exploring a new tourism opportunity — a cow circuit. To promote cow-based tourism economy, newly formed Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog has decided to carve out a route that will wind through places in the country which breed indigenous cows. The board has identified states like Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa for this circuit. Tourists, especially from foreign countries, students and researchers will be told about Indian cows, which will also help them in research, said Kamdhenu Board chairman Vallabh Kathiria. “We have so far focussed on religious, recreational and adventurous tourism, but if we can link our cow tourism with tourist hotspots, we will be able to promote our indigenous breeds like Gir from Gujarat, Gangatiri from UP or Ongole from Andhra Pradesh,” Kathiria said. TOI
Sahitya Akademi awardee, family of woman killed in Assam Agitation excluded from NRC list
A Gorkha organisation on Sunday alleged that NRC had insulted those killed in the Assam Agitation and families of freedom fighters by keeping them out of the register, PTI reported. Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh expressed their displeasure after Sahitya Akademi awardee Durga Khatiwada along with the family members of Baijyanti Devi, the first woman killed during Assam Agitation, were excluded from NRC.“Khatiwada holds 1951 NRC of his father as legacy,” said Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh National Secretary Nanda Kirati Dewan. “Although names of all his family members’ have been included in NRC, he was excluded.” Dewan said that Khatiwada, the president of Assam Nepali Sahitya, was named in the Exclusion list released by authorities on June 26.scroll.in
Over 35 journalists detained in hospital during Adityanath’s visit, but none held captive:DM
Moradabad DM Rakesh Kumar Singh on Monday issued a clarification after reports alleged that he had locked up a dozen media personnel in the emergency ward of the district hospital during UP CM  Adityanath’s visit on Sunday, PTI reported. Kumar said that some people had been stopped from entering the ward, but were not held captive by the authorities.Singh said there was no rule to stop the media from covering any programme but that they were bound to follow the rules. He further said over 35 people were detained in the hospital due to safety measures and security concerns while a few of the journalists were allowed to go inside the ward.scroll
Amarnath Yatra not conducted by Army or police, but by Muslim brothers' support: J&K Governor Malik
Srinagar: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday took stock of preparations for smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra, commencing tomorrow, and lauded the role of local Muslims in conducting the yatra over the years. Speaking to the media, Malik said that Govt only looks after the security aspect of the annual pilgrimage but for all these years, it's being conducted by the support of the people of Kashmir, especially the local Muslims."The security for yatra is our responsibility and we are taking care of it. But police or Army do not conduct the yatra. For many years, the Yatra is being conducted by the people of Kashmir, especially our Muslim brothers. The yatra takes place with their support," he said.Times Now
 24-yr-old beaten up for ‘theft’ dies, Malda tense
Kolkata:Tension was reported in Kaliachak and Baishnabhnagar areas of West Bengal’s Malda district on Sunday after the death of a youth, who was allegedly beaten up by a group of people on June 26 on suspicion of involvement in a motorbike theft.The protests began after the body of Shanaul Sheikh, 24, was brought to his hometown, Baishnabhnagar, in malda, on Sunday. Sources said Sheikh, who had suffered injuries in his private parts, eyes and ears, died in Kolkata after his condition deteriorated. He was referred to Kolkata’s Hospital by doctors at Malda Medical College and Hospital. Sheikh is survived by his wife and a 6-month-old daughter.“He was the family’s only earning member,” his mother Sufiya said. “He worked in a brick kiln. On Wednesday, some people called him outside and we heard later that he was being beaten up.”Protests began on Sunday after the video of Sheikh getting beaten up became viral on social media. Sources in the police said protesters blocked NH 34 and ransacked shops and other establishments in Kaliachak.It was learnt that a Govt bus was also vandalised, and that the police had to fire in the air to bring situation under control. “Protesters belonging to minority community protested on NH 34 in Kaliachak area. They were protesting against the killing of a youth,”police officer said. indianexpress
Minor skirmish takes communal colour in old Delhi’s Hauz Qazi, situation tense; Bajrang Dal men held
A minor tussle related to the parking of a bike took communal colour late on Sunday night at Lal Kuan bazar under Hauz Qazi police station.Tension gripped the locality on Monday as groups from both the communities gathered at different places.One community accused the other of ransacking a small mandir while the latter claimed that the clash erupted after some people from the other community thrashed a boy and fractured his hand.The police have put up barricades at various places and senior police officials are mediating to defuse the situation.mams of the local masjids at Lal Kuan and elders have appealed to youths on Masjid loudspeaker to disperse and maintain peace. However, the mischief mongers on both sides are trying to incite youth.Every time the crowds recede, someone raises a religious slogan and the efforts to defuse the situation are brought to a nought.DCP MS Randhawa told NH that the police have been trying to contain the situation since the last night itself. He said police arrangements have been put in place to ensure that no further clash takes place."We are trying our best to control the situation. That's all I have to right now," he said.Local MLA and Delhi Govt  minister Imran Hussain too is trying to persuade the people in the area to maintain peace.Some outsiders reportedly incited people in the area and raised provocative slogans. As per the latest developments the local crowd has dispersed now.nationalheraldindia
BJP Mahila Morcha Leader Says Hindus Should Gangrape Muslim Women; Gets Expelled
New Delhi: Sunita Singh Gaur, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha in UP’s Ramkola, has reportedly been removed from her position after she posted on Facebook that Hindu men should enter Muslim homes and rape the women.“There is only one solution for them (Muslims). Hindu brothers should make a group of 10 and gang rape their (Muslims) mothers and sisters openly on the streets and then then hang them in the middle of the bazaar for others to see,” Gaur’s post in Hindi says.She goes on to say that Muslim mothers and sisters should have their “honour looted” as there is “no other way” to “protect India”. Lallantop reported that the comment has since been deleted and The Wire was unable to ascertain the exact date of the comment. Screenshots of the post have since gone viral on social media.Vijaya Rahatkar, national president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, responded to a tweet about Gaur’s posts by saying that such “hateful comments” would not be tolerated and Gaur has been expelled.The Wire
'VHP only against 'love jihad', not opposed to interfaith marriages', says spokesperson
VHP is not against interfaith marriages but only against 'love jihad' aimed at tricking Hindu girls to marrying Muslim youths to have them converted to Islam, said VHP national spokesperson on June 30."VHP is not against interfaith marriages but a conspiracy is on under which a Muslim youth in a pre-planned manner traps a Hindu girl and then converts her to his religion by taking undue advantage of her innocence," Bansal said. Speaking to PTI after the conclusion of VHP's 2-day central managing committee meet here, Bansal said the issue of 'love jihad' was also discussed in the meeting, chaired by its national president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and attended by 225 office bearers."We never opposed marriage of couples belonging to different religions. We are against 'love jihad. If there is no malafide intention, we have no issue (with interfaith marriage)," said Bansal.VHP meet also demanded tough action against cow slaughter and advocated a separate ministry for the protection of the animal, revered by Hindus.PTI
Entire Nagaland declared ‘disturbed’ for six more months under AFSPA
The entire state of Nagaland has been declared a “disturbed area” for 6 more months, till December-end, under the controversial AFSPA which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice.AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for several decades.In a notification, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the Central Govt  is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole state of Nagaland is in such a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.PTI
 'Pakistan devising new military tactics after Balakot': Intelligence report
Pakistan has adopted a new strategy after the air strikes carried out by Indian Air Force. According to a report by intelligence agencies,"Pakistani military is under extreme pressure after the air strikes and they are constantly changing their military strategy.""Pakistan is also busy strengthening the Indian border to protect the country from similar military action by Indian forces," the report continued. Pakistani military has been said to purchase long-pending weapons and RADAR systems. Reports also suggest that the Pakistani forces have ordered all terrorists living in terror camps in PoK  to not go armed anywhere near the LOC or PoK.In addition to this, they have also been told to not go outside the camps without wearing Pakistani outfits.dnaindia
Extending $28 billion in loans, India reaches out to 63 countries
New Delhi: While lacking the scale, or even ambition, of China’s BRI, India’s development cooperation partnership based on concessional Lines of Credit (LOC) has been carrying out economic projects in 63 countries around the world. There are currently 279 LOCs, worth $28 billion, extended to these countries located in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and Oceania, the Govt  informed Parliament last week in response to a question on what India was doing to counter BRI’s economic and foreign policy issue. “Of this, 254 projects aggregating nearly $4.70 billion have been completed, while 194 projects worth nearly $19 billion are under implementation. These include 94 connectivity projects in 5 countries in India’s immediate neighbourhood being taken up with LOC worth nearly $6.6 billion,” minister V Muraleedharan said. TOI
Mahatma Gandhi’s image on liquor bottles of Israel-based company rakes up controversy
The use of Mahatma Gandhi image on liquor bottle by Maka Brewery by an Israel based company has racked up controversy. It has been urged to both PM  of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and PM  Narendra Modi to take up the matter with the manufacturer.Eby J Jos, Chairman of Mahatma Gandhi National Foundation has written a letter to both PM s on Sunday stating that Maka Brewery in Tefen Industrial Zone (Galilee) had made liquor bottles depicting historical leaders. Calling it an improper conduct, Jos said, said the image used in the beer bottle has been designed by a person named Amit Shimoni. Chairman of Pala-based Foundation in Kottayam in Kerala said, "The image is a mockery of Gandhi wearing a cooling glass, a T-Shirt and an overcoat.On his website hipstoryart.com, there are many pictures and products of Gandhi being made a mockery.”nationalherald
Top 30 Defaulters Account for One-Third of Gross NPAs, Reveals RTI
New Delhi: India’s top 30 defaulters account for a third of the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) in the banking sector, according to data obtained from RBI through a RTI request.As of March 31, India’s scheduled commercial banks had gross NPAs worth Rs 9.49 lakh crore. According to data furnished by the RBI in response to an RTI filed by The Wire, top 30 NPA borrowers account for Rs 2.86 lakh crore.The central bank has, however, refused to divulge information on who these 30 accounts belong to, saying “the account-wise information is not available with us.”RBI’s refusal may run against the grain of a Supreme Court order earlier this year that demanded that banking regulator be more forthcoming in disclosing the details of defaulters, among other issues.Setting aside the legal issue though, RBI’s reasons for not disclosing the identity of the top 30 NPA borrowers raise their own set of questions. TheWire
Delhi-NCR Based Company Robs Investors with Army Background Through Ponzi Scheme, claims Bike Boat Union
New Delhi: Scores of people protested at Jantar Mantar today against a Delhi-NCR based company named ‘Garvit Innovative Promoters Limited’ and demanded their hard earned money back after they claimed that the company ran away with their money. “The company had promised to provide employment under self-employment scheme run by the central Govt. They had issued severed bikes for commercial use and invited people to become stakeholders by investing Rs. 62,000 per bike which would be run for commercial purposes, with a fee of Rs. 4500 and EMI pegged at Rs. 5,175. The bikes were registered by RTO and owners were earning money for the last one and a half month by putting their bikes on road, which anyone could book for a ride using certain Apps. But since 2019 January, the company stopped paying the returns to the owners. Franchises were being rapidly distributed. By that time, it was revealed that a huge number investors had put in their lifetime savings in the scheme. I had invested 25 lakhs in this scheme, all gone. Mostly people affected with this fraud are from army as Director. It could be a scam worth 42,000 cr,” said a retired Subedar Major in the army who came in from Rajasthan to address the protest gathering. According to the All India Bike Boat Taxi Union, which had organized the protest, around 90% people investing in the scheme were from army background.India Tomorrow
Mayawati attacks UP govt for inclusion of 17 OBCs in SC list
Lucknow:BSP chief Mayawati Monday attacked the UP  Govt  for including 17 OBC in the Scheduled Caste list, terming the move a “big fraud” and demanded its immediate withdrawal.Mayawati claimed that a similar “unconstitutional and illegal” move was made by the previous SP Govt  to cheat these castes, but her party had opposed it even then.“This is a big fraud with the members of these 17 castes. They will neither be able to receive benefits under 27%  quota of the OBC, nor under the SC category as the state Govt  cannot list or remove them from any of the categories through its orders,” she said.She said that in 2007 her Govt  had requested the Congress dispensation at the Centre to include the 17 castes in the Scheduled Caste list.PTI
Hyderabad: Muslim groups critically reviewing NEP
Hyderabad: Muslim groups are critically reviewing NEP 2019. Many groups have prepared their opinions and resolved to submit their views to ministry.They welcomed most of the proposed initiatives but expressed certain reservations on the inferences of the policy. Theologians opposed the idea of encouraging learning music and dance in educational institutions, while intellectuals felt there are many anomalies and discrepancies in the draft. They defended the policy on the medium of instruction as it stressed that the preferred medium of education should be the students’ mother tongue. The general perception is that madarsas, maktabs and other religious bodies of education will have to be registered as trusts or societies and that the Govt will support the mainstreaming of homeschooling modules, which seems to be a great stride forward. There is an apprehension that the Govt  could stress the introduction of modern education in Madarsa in order to help them meet their desired learning outcomes. Muslim educationists assert that the definition of desired learning outcomes must be clarified to ensure that the outcomes set forth by Govt do not infringe the religious tenants followed by the Madarsas. Muslim groups are afraid that music and yoga will be made mandatory to learn in school, primarily because it contradicts their religious beliefs.Moulana Mufti Umar Abideen said, “Office-bearers of the Madarsa Board, an umbrella of Islamic institutions, have gone through the draft policy and prepared their concerns, which will be presented to the Ministry of HRD. MS Farooq, General Secretary of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh chapter of All India Muslim Educational Society said the omission of secular principles in the draft NEP 2019 impoverishes the learning experience of all Indians.deccanchronicle
Jammu: At least 35 killed, 17 injured as bus falls into gorge in Kishtwar district
Jammu :At least 35 passengers were killed, leaving 17 injured on Monday morning when a minibus fell into a deep gorge along Keshwan-Thakrai road in J&K ’s Kishtwar district, police officials said. The mini bus, according to initial reports, appeared to be carrying excess passengers.Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh confirmed the death toll earlier. Of the 17 injured, 5 are in critical condition. Meanwhile, sources said the bus was on its way to Kishtwar at that time when the driver lost control over the steering on a curve.indianexpress
IMA scam: BBMP councillor arrested, SIT says he knows promoter Mansoor’s hideout
Bengaluru :A nominated councillor of Bangalore’s local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) was arrested by SIT probing the multi-crore IMA scam on Sunday.Pulkeshi Nagar councillor Syed Mujahid, also a JD(S) nominee, allegedly helped IMA chief Mohammed Mansoor Khan evade arrest and flee from the country on June 8. indianexpress
UP: Madrasa students travelling in group stropped by GRP
Bareilly: Suspecting human trafficking, Govt  Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Saturday afternoon made 113 children, aged 8 to 12 years, who were travelling in Malda-Anand Vihar Express (13429) without their guardians, deboard at Bareilly junction. Police said that they got a tipoff that children in a large number were being trafficked from Bihar to UP. However, 15 people accompanying the children claimed that the kids were going to take admission at different madrasas in west UP. “As soon as we learnt about the suspected human trafficking, we joined RPF at the railway station before the train arrived. All the children were travelling in 4 separate coaches on reserved berths.We made all of them deboard to examine their papers as most of them were under age of 10,” GRP SHO said. Police said that the children were supposed to get down at different stations, including Moradabad, Hapur and Anand Vihar in Delhi. TOI 
Omar Abdullah, Shah-Faesal support Zaira's decision to quit acting, wish her luck
Hours after actor Zaira Wasim announced her “disassociation” from the field of acting, political leaders in J&K supported her decision and wished her luck. 18-year-old actor said she was not happy with the line of work as it interfered with her faith and religion.In a detailed post on her Facebook page, which she later shared across all social media platforms, the Kashmiri-born “Dangal” fame star said she realised “though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here”. Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal said he respected her decision and wished her luck.greaterkashmir
‘I am Aurangabad MP, not Muslim MP’: Imtiaz Jaleel
Aurangabad:A week before the 17th Lok Sabha began, first-time parliamentarian Imtiaz Jaleel’s home was overrun with bouquets, and he was running on four hours of sleep. Winning MPs tend to be local heroes, and Jaleel has been popular since he wrested Aurangabad Central seat from the Shiv Sena during the Assembly elections of 2014. 5 years later, however, Jaleel has noticed a difference in the people congratulating him. “In 2014, if 100 people came to visit me, then all 100 would be Muslims. Today, it’s across the caste and religious spectrum,” he said. Jaleel was nominated as a candidate for the seat, representing an alliance between the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and AIMIM. Founded in March 2018 by the grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash, VBA emerged as a serious contender because of its sway over Dalit, adivasi and OBC communities. In the Lok Sabha polls, VBA-AIMIM alliance secured 4.11 million votes, which was 7.63% of the total votes polled in Maharashtra.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, top brass make Twitter debut to check impersonation
The brass of RSS, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat made their twitter debut on Monday. According to a senior functionary these verified accounts on the microblogging platform have been made to check impersonation. HT
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Israel settlements funded by US Duty Free tycoons
When travellers shop at dozens of duty-free shops at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or a box of chocolates.Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and controversial philanthropic empire in Israel that runs through the corridors of power and stretches deep into the occupied West Bank.An investigation by AP has found that the family has donated at least $5.6m to settler organisations in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem over the past decade, funding synagogues, schools and social services as well as far-right causes considered extreme even in Israel.Falics' philanthropy is not limited to the settlements. They support many mainstream causes in US and Israel. However, they are a key example of how wealthy US donors have bolstered the contentious settlement movement.Critics say activities billed as harmless philanthropy have come at the expense of Palestinians.Under international law, settlements built in the occupied territories are illegal. While most of the world considers Jewish settlements to be obstacles to peace, Israel considers the occupied territories "disputed".Perhaps Falics' most controversial activity is in Hebron, a city where several hundred ultranationalist settlers live in heavily guarded enclaves amid some 300,000 Palestinians.aljazeera
PA condemns US envoys' presence at Israeli settler-linked event
Palestinians have condemned the attendance of 2 US officials at the inauguration of a tunnel at a contested archaeological site in occupied East Jerusalem that was organised by an Israeli settler-linked group.White House adviser Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman took part in Sunday's event, which marked the completion of the project next to the Old City in the neighbourhood of Silwan, according to the group, City of David Foundation. Palestinian Foreign Ministry said it viewed "the American attendance and celebration of the Judaisation activities in occupied East Jerusalem as hostile acts against the Palestinians".aljazeera
US envoys lend a hand as Israel digs down in east Jerusalem
Israeli ‘solution’ for Gaza includes massive military offensive and move to Sinai
2 Israeli officials have proposed a “solution” for the Gaza Strip which includes another massive military offensive against the enclave and moving the Palestinians to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Arabi21.com reported. The end of the Govt  led by Mahmoud Abbas is also suggested in a report published by the Jerusalem Institute for Public and State Affairs.The purpose of the proposal is to make the humanitarian crisis in Gaza even worse, prompting a military confrontation. Its authors are Shimon Shapira, a former military secretary to Israel’s PM, and Shlomi Fogel, an official who has proposed numerous initiatives related to the Arab world. The phase which would follow offensive would be based on economic and commercial development for Sinai backed by Egypt.MEMO
Israeli missile attack kills civilians: Syrian state media
Israeli warplanes have fired missiles targeting Syrian military positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts in Syria in an attack that killed at least 4 civilians and wounded another 21, Syrian state media said. Syrian military said that its air defences had confronted the attack, which was launched from Lebanese airspace.An Israeli military spokeswoman, asked about the report, said: "We don't comment on such reports." aljazeera
Sudan protests: Death toll reaches 10 after anti-military rallies
3 bodies with bullet wounds were found in Sudan's Omdurman city, leading Sudanese activists said on Monday, bringing the total death toll from Sunday's anti-military protests to at least 10 across the country. Nazim Sirraj, who is among those demanding a transition to civilian rule in Sudan, told the AP that the three were found next to a school in Omdurman, the twin city of the capital Khartoum.Another opposition leader, Ahmed Rabie, confirmed that account to dpa news service. The identities of the three dead were not immediately clear. Crowds of people gathered around the bodies, chanting "Just Fall, Just Fall", a common slogan of the protest movement that has rocked Sudan since demonstrations first erupted against since-overthrown ruler Omar al-Bashir in Dec.rotesters want the military leaders to fall from power as al-Bashir did. The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC), which took over after the coup in April, blamed protest leaders for the deaths after they diverted the routes of their marches. General Gamal Omar, a member of the council, said that it was regrettable that the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, diverted marches towards the presidential palace and the military HQ.aljazeera
UK admits sending child soldiers to Iraq
United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has revealed through a freedom of information request that the British military sent five soldiers who were under the age of 18 into war zones over the past two decades.In the blunder that breaks the UK’s commitment to a UN pledge, three 17 year olds were sent to Afghanistan and two more were deployed to Iraq between 2007 and 2010.After the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to prevent the involvement of children in armed conflicts was signed by UK in 2000 and ratified in 2003, under-18s were forbidden from being deployed to combat zones. The signed treaty was especially important after an incident in the 1970s in which two 17-year-old British soldiers in Belfast were lured away from their camp by women inviting them to a party and then killed by Irish Republican Army (IRA)middleeastmonitor
Egypt girls wait at prison gates first for their father, now for their mother
An Egyptian woman has been given a 15-day prison sentence after offering her condolences to the late President Mohamed Morsi at his family home in Sheikh Zayed the day after his death.After her arrest, Aya Alaa was forcibly disappeared for 12 days during which she was accused of communicating with news channels about her detained husband.Her husband is the journalist Hassan El-Kabany, who was arrested in early 2015at his home in 6th Oct and charged with espionage, joining an illegal organisation and disturbing public security and peace.El-Kabany was tortured repeatedly and denied medical care during his imprisonment in the notorious Scorpion wing within Tora Prison.MEMO
Sri Lanka Prez rejects UN chief's appeal over hangings
Sri Lanka's president has said he rejected an appeal by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres over telephone to reconsider his push to reintroduce the death penalty after 43 years."I told the secretary-general that I want to save my country from drugs," Maithripala Sirisena told a meeting in Colombo to mark his anti-narcotics drive on Monday."He telephoned me last week shortly after I signed four death warrants. I told him to please allow me to stamp out the drug menace," Sirisena said.aljazeera
Iran nuclear deal: Tehran exceeds enriched uranium limit
Iran has exceeded the limit on the amount of enriched uranium in its stockpile set out in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said, according to the ISNA."Iran has crossed the 300-kilogramme limit based on its plan," Zarif told ISNA.Tensions in the Gulf region have escalated since the United States unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear accord last year and reimposed harsh sanctions on Tehran.Iranian officials had warned that Tehran was set to breach the limit, saying the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal - Germany, France, the UK, China and Russia - had not done enough to protect Tehran from the bite of economic sanctions.Last week European officials announced that a new trading system (INSTEX), designed to circumvent sanctions on Iran, was operational but Iranian officials have said it does not go far enough.aljazeera
Kabul blast: Taliban attack kills at least 16 in Afghan capital
The Taliban detonated a powerful car bomb in an area of Kabul housing military and Govt  buildings, killing at least 16 the interior ministry told Al Jazeera.The bomb went off during the morning rush hour in the capital when the streets were filled with people, injuring 105 people, including 26 children and five women, according to the ministry of health. Mohammad Karim, a police official in the area of the attack, said the vehicle bomb exploded outside a defence ministry building.At least three fighters then ran into a nearby high-rise located near the ministry's engineering and logistics department, a Govt  security official said."Gunmen have entered a building and they are clashing with the Afghan forces after the powerful blast," said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the group's fighters attacked "the logistics and engineering centres" of ministry of defence.aljazeera
Haftar's forces release six Turkish detainees in Libya: Turkey FM
Six Turkish citizens detained in Libya by forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have been released, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.The announcement came on Monday, a day after Turkey threatened the eastern Libyan militia with military retaliation, saying they faced becoming a "legitimate target".Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said the men, who were released at the Sidr airport in Ajdabiya city, west of Benghazi, worked on a ship owned by a Libyan citizen.aljazeera
10 Killed After Plane Crashes Into Hangar At Texas Airport: US Officials
 A small twin-engine passenger plane crashed in Texas in US on Sunday, killing 10 people, officials said."The Dallas County Medical Examiner has confirmed 10 fatalities and no survivors," a spokeswoman for the town of Addison told AFP.The plane was heading for St. Petersburg, Florida and was carrying two flight crew and eight passengers, Vice Chairman of NTSB Bruce Landsberg said. There were few details on what caused the crash, which NTSB is investigating, he said."There are any number of possibilities that could occur," Landsberg told a press conference. ndtv
Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi murder: US senator
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing last fall in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and President Donald Trump embracing him undermines US credibility on human rights, said Republican heavyweight Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday."There is no doubt in my mind that he ordered the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, that he knew about it, that he's done things like that to other people and that he's been a disruptive force throughout the region," Graham told CBS News, adding that he has led the effort to sanction the prince.Anadolu Agency
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